Saturday, June 22, 2024

Big Freedia Sentenced to 3 Years Probation in Section 8 Fraud Case

Big Freedia
Big Freedia

*Bounce queen Big Freedia will not serve any jail time, but was sentenced to three years probation in New Orleans on Thursday after pleading guilty to Section 8 fraud in March.

The entertainer, whose real name is Freddie Ross Jr., admitted she fraudulently accepted housing assistance vouchers during the time she was also collecting checks from a reality TV gig.

In her annual Section 8 “recertification” forms, she failed to disclose all income, reporting 0 income in 2010. She also failed to notify officials about changes with her finances. Had she done so, the government would have determined she earned too much money from her work as a musician under the stage name “Big Freedia” to remain eligible for the vouchers.

As part of her sentence, Freedia was ordered to pay $35,000 and perform 100 hours of community service, according to WDSU.

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